Composer ANDREW STANILAND has firmly established himself as one of Canada’s most important and innovative musical voices. His music is regularly heard on CBC Radio 2 and has been performed and broadcast internationally in over 35 countries. As a leading composer of his generation, he has been recognized by election to the Inaugural Cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists Royal Society of Canada in 2014. Andrew is the lead composer/educator with the Gryphon Trio’s Listen Up! education initiative, created and produced in collaboration with the Gryphon Trio and music educator Rob Kapilow. Andrew also performs himself, both as a guitarist and working with new media (computers and electronics). Andrew is currently on faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
With playing described as a “…fine blend of artistry and bravura” (Edmonton Journal), flutist Michelle Cheramy is an artist recognized for the beauty of her sound, the fluidity of her playing and her interpretive skills in repertoire from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Michelle has appeared in recitals and as soloist with orchestras in Canada, the United States and Russia; she has also been featured in numerous radio broadcasts, including nationally on CBC Radio’s Symphony Hall, In Performance, Two New Hours and The Signal. Michelle has helped commission and premiere more than a dozen new solo and chamber works for flute by Canadian and American composers, both established and emerging.
One of the few flutists in Canada to hold a full-time university appointment, Michelle is currently professor of music at Memorial University where she enjoys mentoring a diverse studio of undergraduate and graduate flute students.
Annie Corrigan is an Adjunct Professor of Oboe at Memorial University and the English horn player for the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Annie is a co-founder of The Watershed Ensemble, a chamber ensemble dedicated to bringing new and rarely-performed works to the province. As an Academic Program Administrator for the School of Music, Annie organizes the School’s annual audition cycle and coordinates its Community Outreach Programs. Prior to moving to Newfoundland in 2016, she served as principal oboe of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and second oboe in the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. She also worked as an announcer and producer for Bloomington, Indiana’s NPR affiliate WFIU, serving as the daily host of Morning Edition and the producer/host of the weekly program Earth Eats. Annie is currently completing her Doctorate of Music (Oboe) from Indiana University.
St. John’s, NL native Danielle Greene received her BMus (honors) from the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of Toronto Symphony’s Concertmaster, Jonathan Crow. She also holds an Artist Diploma Student from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory, studying with Barry Shiffman and Erika Raum. Danielle has served as Concertmaster for numerous orchestras, including the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and has played under the baton of many world-renowned conductors including; Leon Fleisher, Gábor Takács-Nagy, and Johannes Debus.
Danielle and her string quartet were the 2018 winners of the Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition, and in 2016, Ms. Greene was the winner of the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Danielle has performed at many prestigious venues, including Koerner Hall, Maison Symphonique, the University of Toronto President’s Residence, and Palacio da Foz in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2011, Danielle performed as a featured soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra during their Atlantic Tour, and she is a past member of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.
From St. John’s, Heather Kao is the concertmaster of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and first violinist of the Atlantic String Quartet since 2015. She studied at Memorial University with Dr. Nancy Dahn. She has played in masterclasses for Martin Beaver, Lorand Fenyves, Mark Fewer and Pinchas Zukerman to name a few.
She is a past member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Quintessential Vocal Ensemble, and Lady Cove Women’s Choir. Heather has been a guest performer on countless recordings, as well as on TV and radio. She has enjoyed performing in many genres, from pop music with Rod Stewart and Hey Rosetta! to traditional music with Ennis and the Once.
She has played in pit orchestras for many local productions, including White Christmas, Our Divas Do Broadway, West Side Story, Evita, and Annie. In addition to the NSO, Heather teaches with the MUN Chamber Program for Youth, Suzuki Talent Education Program, and in her private studio.